Originally Posted by nursejohn
Hopefully someone can give me some good advice. I was given a WE cabernet sauvignon kit and want to make a port wine with it. I was given some advice from someone who makes wine locally and he said to use Brandy to enhance it. My question is: how much for a 6 gallon kit and when exactly do you put the Brandy in the wine? I would appreciate any suggestions to help me do this, thanks!
I am assuming you have not started the Cab kit yet so you have plenty of time to do some experimenting. I further assume you will ferment the Cab kit dry so based on those assumptions lets get us a bottle of commercial Cab unless you have a home made one. Now get us a bottle of Blackberry flavored brandy, a bottle of everclearand do a little experimenting. Start with a glass about 1/2 full of cab add about 1/4 glass Blackberry Brandy and about 1/32 glass of everclear. Stir it good, catching the aromas as you stir. Take a sip..let it breathe for about 15 minutes and try it again. Now try a different blend of your chosing..keep good notes on every blend you try. I would even advocate trying one blend of a little simple syrup added to the cab along with some everclear.